Many thanks, joemikeb; most helpful.
Re Google: While I don’t have Chrome, I do have Google Earth Pro, and so suspect it is that that installed that code.
And as for Epson, for scanning & such, I use VueScan, and so have not enabled Epson’s advanced/shortcut settings.
When I checked Little Snitch, I found no evidence that Google or Epson were calling home or tracking. Can it be, that the code is merely the conduit for fetching updates?
Bottom line: For now, I’ll just leave it (all) alone. Much ado about nothing, me thinks, though I did learn a bit. Always, I appreciate your time & expertise.
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